Finding the Right Yoga Teacher

Yoga, Meditation, Vipassana, The Ashram

I’m often asked by beginners about how to evaluate a Yoga Teacher?

These factors are basic criteria that your Yoga Instructor should meet before you continue on to a second Yoga class.

For the perfect Yoga teacher, you should be answering with a”yes” to all questions.

O Communication: Does your Yoga teacher talk to you, and other students, in a manner of mutual respect? Would you ask a question during class time?

Does your teacher show compassion for you and other students? Does your Yoga teacher take the time to lead you through a guided meditation or relaxation? Meditation and relaxation are major aspects of Yoga practice.

There are Yoga teachers who just want to have”their workout” done. Beware of Yoga teachers, who are so important, they do not have time for you.

Some students love this atmosphere of excellence and, sadly, some people love abuse. If you wish to learn Yoga, you want an open line of communication with your Yoga teacher.

O Help: Can your teacher care about your form? Can your teacher give you a verbal or physical assist during your Yoga class?

Some students never have major problems with alignment and a few do, but if your teacher does not give verbal cues, what does that tell you?

O Listen: Does your Yoga teacher take the time to listen to your feedback? Is your instructor”at the moment” with the class?

Once in a while, there is a Yoga instructor who runs,”The-it’s-all-about-me-show.” You are not going to learn anything from this type of teaching. Beginners will be put at risk, trying to keep up with a seasoned Yoga instructor who does not explain anything.

O Modification: Does your Yoga teacher allow modifications and props? If your teacher discourages props, you are in the wrong place.

Some students may need props for life depending upon their selection of motion. Just because a teacher can do a position without props, doesn’t mean every student can.

Overview: Stay away from abusive Yoga teachers, and if you’re attracted to abuse, there’s always professional help. Some pupils crave”the stern, but loving parent” types. They will push you harder, but how much pushing do you really need?

Respect is a two way street, and you deserve as much respect as your Yoga teacher does. Let common sense be your guide. You should feel great after a Yoga class, and you may even feel muscle soreness days after a vigorous class.

Make sure your Yoga instructor meets the above criteria before making a commitment.

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